Joseph's House and Shelter

74 Ferry Street
Troy, NY 12180

(518) 272-2544
Class of Housing/Services: Emergency shelter for all.

General Information:
Hours: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Joseph's House provides emergency shelter or support services to an average of 1000 men, women and children yearly.   Emergency Shelter for Adult Men and Women 24 Beds – Single guests sleep in 2- or 3-bed bedrooms and share bathrooms, and common living and dining areas. The shelter is open 24 hours a day, 365 days and nights of the year and runs at close to full occupancy providing almost 8030 nights of shelter to more than 400 single men and women each year. Guests staying in our shelter receive personal care items, three meals a day, use of laundry area and case management assistance with goal setting, identifying and accessing appropriate housing and other special needs. Emergency Family Shelter 15 Beds – More than 50 families with children are sheltered each year at Joseph’s House–approximately 170 adults and children for almost 5045 nights of shelter annually. Families are sheltered in apartment-like space set aside from the main section of the shelter and off limits to all other shelter guests. Families sheltered in this space share a living/dining room and a kitchen which allows them to supplement our menu by preparing their own meals, snack and children’s food as necessary. Families are encouraged to eat with the shelter community at our evening meal served “family-style.” By sheltering families in space which closely resembles and replicates actual apartment like conditions, our staff are much better able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of families while they are living in the shelter. This assessment allows our staff to make much more appropriate and realistic recommendations for permanent housing, and helps us accurately gauge the level of support each family will need, after they leave the shelter.   Approximately 550 individuals stay in our emergency shelters for adults, families with children, or our seasonal overnight shelter for single men.  The agency also provides homeless street outreach, and legal services.  The agency operates three innovative permanent apartment programs for single adults or families with children who have experienced prolonged and frequent episodes of homelessness. Central to Joseph's House mission is to provide non-judgmental services to end homelessness.  The staff works to build relationships based on each guest’s & tenant’s strengths and capacities.  Treating each person with dignity & respect, and promoting self-determination empowers guests and tenants to make healthier choices.

How To Volunteer at Joseph's House and Shelter:
Be a volunteer. Call Joseph's House and Shelter at (518) 272-2544 for current volunteer work opportunities.

As A General Note About Listings: does our best to provide listings that are free of cost. Many of the homeless shelters and services are free of charge. Some do charge small fees. We always urge the users of our website to visit the websites of the providers listed, OR give them a phone call to find out complete details.

In furtherance; Halfway Houses, Transitional Housing, and Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for the most part charge a fee. Most of the substance abuse resources we provide are low cost, Medicaid or sliding scale fee. We provide as much information as possible on the website of these locations.

Rooming and Boarding Houses do charge fees. We list them where we find them. They are a nice low cost option for housing.

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